Fat Girl

Alisa Muniz Blanchard Copyright 2014

For most of my life I was fat
Hidden behind fat
“You’re not fat, you’re beautiful”
As though beauty couldn’t exist
In the cloak of my skin
Same as it does
On bones and tendons
Ashamed to be seen
I covered the fat girl
In layer after layer
Of unseen
Through the mass of self
Deprived existence
And echoing shame
Somehow I had forgotten
That every cell of my being
Was created by the dust
Of ancient stars

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